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5:38am

Thu May 29, 2014
Politics

Haslam Defends Decision to Delay Assessment Scores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says state education officials were simply being cautious when they initially decided to delay the release of students' assessment scores.

The Department of Education had informed school superintendents that the delay in TCAP scores was needed because of a change in assessments. The scores are used in the calculation of final grades for students primarily in grades 3 through 8.

However, the department decided to release scores last Friday after experts signed off on the validity and accuracy of the results.

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5:35am

Thu May 29, 2014
Top Stories

Southern Baptist Membership Declines for 7th Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An annual report says the nation's largest Protestant denomination saw membership decline for the seventh straight year in 2013.

The report released by the Southern Baptist Convention's Lifeway Christian Resources puts total membership in the Nashville-based SBC at 15.7 million. That's down from 15.9 million in 2012, a decrease of a little less than 1 percent.

Weekly church attendance decreased more than 2 percent last year.

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6:11am

Tue May 27, 2014
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Tenn. Prisoner Accused of Threatening Governor Due in Court

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee prisoner accused of sending threatening letters to Gov. Bill Haslam and others that falsely claimed the envelopes contained anthrax is scheduled to appear in a federal courtroom in Nashville Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors say Branden Frady was a prisoner at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution when he began sending the threatening letters in September of 2012. Officials say he sent six letters in all, some of them going to Haslam, the secretary of state and the district attorney's office in Nashville.

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5:26am

Wed May 21, 2014
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MTSU Goes Out of State for Latest Transfer Agreement

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University has agreed to allow students who graduate with an associate's degree from Georgia's Albany Technical College to pursue a bachelor's degree in electromechanical engineering technology in Murfreesboro.

According to MTSU, the agreement marks the first time the university has formed such a partnership with an out-of-state school.

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6:23am

Tue May 20, 2014
Politics

Tenn. Democrats Net $500,000 from Annual Fundraiser

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Democrats say the $500,000 netted from its Jackson Day fundraiser set a new record for the beleaguered party.

The event headlined by Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was held at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on Saturday.

The party says its expenses to host the event are expected to come to about $25,000, meaning that 95 percent of the money raised can go toward elections.

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